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Note taking

  1. 1. Making the Most of Your Lecture Notes
  2. 2. <ul><li>Taking notes forces you to pay attention while testing your understanding of the material. </li></ul><ul><li>When you review, notes provide a gauge to you on what is important. </li></ul><ul><li>Personal notes are usually easier to understand than the text. </li></ul><ul><li>Writing down important points helps you remember even before you study the material formally. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Apply the 3 D’s to Listening </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine the important things the speaker is saying. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide to listen. Listening is the responsibility of the learner. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop good listening skills for your college and future success. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Anticipating the next point a speaker will make in developing a subject </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying supporting material and evidence for major points that a speaker makes </li></ul><ul><li>Recapitulating –make a mental summary when the speaker pauses </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Finish reading assignments given for that class </li></ul><ul><li>Review notes from previous class to refresh your memory </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive before the lecture begins </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a good seat where you can easily see and hear the professor </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid sitting near distracting people </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Watch for clues from the instructor emphasizing certain material (e. g. change in voice inflection, animated movements, writing on board) </li></ul><ul><li>Listen, think, then write. Listen for what is being said, not how it's being said. </li></ul><ul><li>Take notes using a consistent, organized system that you developed </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Participate in class and ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Write down major ideas, details, and examples </li></ul><ul><li>Skip lines in order to add material during a review or to show where a new idea begins </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Material written on the blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Information that is repeated </li></ul><ul><li>Word signals </li></ul><ul><li>- “There are two points of view on…” </li></ul><ul><li>- “There are two reasons why…” </li></ul><ul><li>Information that is emphasized -Instructor changes their tone of voice </li></ul><ul><li>-Instructor uses gestures -Instructor spends a longer amount of time on a topic </li></ul><ul><li>-Instructor uses examples of the material </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Spend at least 30 minutes reviewing/editing notes within 24 hours </li></ul><ul><ul><li>*We lose 80% of what we hear within a few hours if we don’t review </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use text to fill in missed words, clarify notes, and add examples </li></ul><ul><li>Identify any questions for the next class that need clarification by the professor  </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Organize notes with symbols or color codes to identify definitions, test questions, etc.   </li></ul><ul><li>Compare your notes with a friend to check for completeness and accuracy   </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct short weekly reviews </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Make your notes brief. </li></ul><ul><li>Never use a sentence when you could use a phrase. </li></ul><ul><li>Never use a phrase where you can use a word. </li></ul><ul><li>Use abbreviations and symbols, but be consistent. </li></ul><ul><li>Put most notes in your own words. However, the following should be noted exactly: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Formulas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Definitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific facts </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. -One or two sentences long.  -Should summarize key points of the lecture. -Should be written in your own words. -Serves as a simple guide for reviewing notes for a test. Picture from: *Be sure to put the date and class name in the upper right hand corner -Notes -Definitions -Questions -Key Points -Vocabulary Words -Key Terms -Concepts -Headings
  13. 13. Stanford Calhoun High School Source:
  14. 14. <ul><li>If you miss a statement, write key words, skip a few spaces, and get the information later. </li></ul><ul><li>Use outline and/or a numbering system. Indention helps you distinguish major from minor points. </li></ul><ul><li>Date your notes. Perhaps number the pages. </li></ul><ul><li>Use a standard sized notebook and paper (8 ½ x 11). </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t try to use every space on a page. Leave room for coordinating your notes with the text after the lecture. (You may want to list key terms in the margin or make a summary of the contents of the page.) </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Contact the Learning Center </li></ul><ul><li>First Floor of the Library </li></ul><ul><li>717-477-1420 </li></ul><ul><li>AIM participations will receive credit for viewing this Power Point presentation by answering the questions below and emailing your replies to [email_address] . </li></ul><ul><li>1. Was this presentation useful? </li></ul><ul><li>2. Which part of the presentation did you find most useful? </li></ul><ul><li>3. Which part of the presentation was the least useful? </li></ul><ul><li>4. What are you going to do now based on what you have learned from this presentation? </li></ul>